By DAVID CLAYBOURN
It’ll be a Pink Zone when Texas A&M University-Commerce entertains Texas A&M-Kingsville in a Lone Star Conference basketball doubleheader today in the Field House.
Game times are at 2 and 4 p.m. for the women’s and men’s games. Admission is free to anyone wearing pink and some special activities are planned to help raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.
Both A&M-Commerce teams need wins to help secure a spot in the LSC Championship March 6-9 in Allen. The top eight men’s and women’s teams in the conference standings will advance to the tournament.
The 7-13 Lion women rank seventh in the conference standings with a 5-10 record while 5-16 A&M-Kingsville is 10th at 3-12.
The Lion women have lost their last four games to Tarleton State (75-65), Abilene Christian (75-61), Angelo State (64-50) and Incarnate Word (65-64). Ashlyn Green sealed the victory for Incarnate Word on Wednesday night in San Antonio by hitting two free throws with four seconds remaining to extend the Cardinals’ lead to four points. Danielle Dixon nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Lions.
Dixon finished with 23 points for the Lions, while Breanna Harris managed 20 points and 10 rebounds and Symone Brown added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Harris leads the Lions for the season at 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Dixon and La’Tisha Hearne both average 7.9 points.
A&M-Kingsville has lost 15 of its last 17 games, including a 78-63 decision to Tarleton State at home in Kingsville on Wednesday. Breanna Gonzalez led the Javelinas with 13 points, while Kaitlyn Lowen chipped in 11 and Sheana Jones added 10.
Lowen leads A&M-Kingsville at 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Ashley Viera averages 7.8, Gonzalez and Jones both average 7.7.
A&M-Commerce’s 13-10 men are tied with 10-10 A&M-Kingsville for sixth place in the conference standings at 6-7.
The Lions stepped up the pace to win their last two games 96-90 over Angelo State and 86-84 over Incarnate Word. The Lions shot 52.6 percent from the field against Angelo State and 52.5 percent versus the Cardinals.
Tyrie Wooten, who was 5-of-8 from 3-point range, led the Lions against Incarnate Word with 18 points, while Stefon Carson tossed in 16 and Jason Smith and Preston Whitley both added 11.
Whitley leads the Lions for the season at 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Carson averages 11.1 points and Andrew Davis averages 6.9 rebounds.
A&M-Kingsville snapped a four-game losing streak with a 56-55 win on Wednesday over Tarleton State. Tarleton State missed a shot in the final three seconds.
Jamahl Brown led the Javelinas against Tarleton State with 18 points and Adonis Bailey tossed in 11.
Rashad Basey leads the Javelinas for the season at 14.6 points and Brown averages 9.8.
KETR-FM (88.9) plans to broadcast both games.